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Black Beauty. Anna Sewell. Darkie/Black Beauty/Black Auster /Jack/Blackie/Old Crony.

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black beauty

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

darkie black beauty black auster jack blackie old crony
Darkie/Black Beauty/Black Auster/Jack/Blackie/Old Crony

The narrator of the story, a beautiful black horse. He begins his career as a carriage horse for wealthy people but when he "breaks his knees" (develops scars on his knees after a bad fall) he is no longer considered presentable enough and is put to much harder work. He passes through the hands of a bunch of owners, some cruel, some kind. He always tries his best to serve humans despite the circumstance.


A companion of Beauty's at Birtwick Park, she is named for her chestnut color and her habit of biting, which is often how the spice, ginger, is described. Ginger is a more aggressive horse due to her history of bad owners. Beauty and Ginger meet for the last time as broken-down cab horses in London, and later a cart with a dead horse (who Beauty believes is Ginger), passes by Beauty.

other horses at britwick park
Other horses at britwick park
  • Merrylegs—A short, white, handsome pony who is polite to humans and horses alike. He is ridden by the young daughters at Birtwick Park, then sent to live with a vicar who promises never to sell him.
  • Sir Oliver—An older horse who had his tail docked (cutting through the bone of the tail in the name of “fashion”), to his great annoyance and discomfort.
  • Justice—A calm, peaceful horse Beauty meets.
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Jerry’s horses
  • Captain—A former army horse who witnessed horrific incidents in the Crimean War, although he was well treated and received no serious wounds. He lost his beloved master in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
  • Hotspur—A five year old horse bought to replace Captain.
other horses
Other horses
  • Rory—A job horse usually paired with Black Beauty. Became a coal carting horse after getting hit in the chest by a runaway cart.
  • Peggy—A hired horse who cannot run very fast due to her short legs.
  • Duchess (Nicknamed "Pet")—Beauty's and Rob Roys mother, who encourages Beauty to be good from a young age.
  • Rob Roy—A fellow black horse from Beauty's original farm, who is killed in a hunting incident. It is later learned that he was Beauty's half-brother, an older son of Duchess.
  • Lizzie— A high-strung, nervous mare who Lady Anne rides one day and is spooked until Black Beauty comes to her aid with his rider.
beauty s good owners and grooms
Beauty’s good Owners and grooms
  • Farmer Grey — Beauty's first owner, a good kind man who trains him well.
  • Douglas Gordon (Squire Gordon) -A very kind and loving master who was also the squire.
  • John Manly - Black Beauty's groom at Squire Gordon's.
  • Joseph Greene (Joe) - A kind boy who befriends Beauty at Squire Gordon's hall.
  • Jeremiah Barker — A kind owner who uses Beauty as a cab horse. Owns Captain and Hotspur.
  • Farmer Thoroughgood — A kind owner who cares for Black Beauty when he is at his weakest.
  • The three ladies — His final home where he spends the rest of his days very well treated.
the other owners
The other owners . . .
  • Barry — A man who tries to treat horses well, but lacks knowledge on horse care.
  • Mr Jakes — An owner who uses Beauty as a work horse, forcing him to carry heavy loads.
  • Nicholas Skinner — A ruthless cab horse owner who wears out horses through hard work and mistreatment.